RL Ideas: Unusual Items Used as Home Decor

Spruce up your space with a dash of creativity and these common household items


Decorating a home can definitely burn a hole through your wallet, but it doesn’t have to. With a little creativity, imagination, and DIY savvy, you can turn everyday items into beautiful pieces for your home. Here are some items you never thought could turn into home décor.

Illustrations by Camille Dadal.

PVC Pipes

With the help of items like a saw, paint, and some epoxy glue, PVC pipes can easily transform from hardware basics to beautiful pieces to decorate your home. From storage cases to wall art, there are numerous outcomes from this seemingly ordinary item.

If you think your home might turn into an industrial-looking mess, think again. With the right planning, your friends and family won't ever suspect your new home décor came from humble beginnings. 

Glass Bottles and Jars

Glass bottles and jars aren’t very uncommon household décor. We’ve already seen tinted glass bottles lined up on shelves or clear bottles filled with infused water or oil to add color to a kitchen. But what we normally don’t see are these glass items used as lighting fixtures. 

It might look like an uneasy feat, but creating a lamp or chandelier from old liquor bottles or jars is quite simple. If you’re not ready to take on the challenge, you can opt for something easy like a glass jar terrarium.

RL Tip: Consult with an electrician regarding wiring and using bulbs to avoid problems or accidents.

Light Bulbs

Using light bulbs as home décor is great because, not only is it inexpensive, but it’s also eco-friendly. You can recycle your used light bulbs and turn them into adorable flower vases, centerpieces, alcohol lamps, and even Christmas ornaments.


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